Lehigh’s chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity has been placed on deferred dissolution following a disciplinary conference that addressed harassment claims, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.
The charges are based on an incident that occurred on the evening of Oct. 22, in which Kappa Sigma fraternity hosted an event at Asian Bistro. During the event, an altercation occurred that required a member to intervene. The complainant designated that “harassing remarks” were said to him by members of the fraternity.
The University Committee found Kappa Sigma responsible for violating Respect for Others B1 (Harassment) and Respect for Others (General).
The fraternity is placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution from Dec. 16, 2015 through May 31, 2016. Additionally, they will be placed on disciplinary probation from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.
“As a part of new member education, the entire new member class for spring 2016 and the entire active chapter must participate in a restorative meeting to repair community harm,” according to the blog. “This meeting will include representatives from faculty and staff, chosen by the Conduct Office.”
The Disciplinary Appeals Committee met to rule over the appeal that the chapter submitted on the grounds that the sanction was unduly harsh. The appeal was denied, as the committee decided the sanctions fall within the appropriate range for cases involving harassment. The decision has been declared final. All sanctions will go into effect immediately.